Fire safety advice for the elderly

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Fire Safety advice for the elderly

Around 167 people over the age of 65 die each year in fires to which brigades are called. Poor mobility, poor sense of smell and a reduced tolerance of smoke and burns contribute to fatalities. Major sources of ignition include cookers, materials, candles, coal fires, heaters and electric blankets.

Source: Department of Trade and Industry. Home accident surveillance system: 24th annual report. London: DTI, 2002

We must not make the mistake as seeing older people as all the same.

Some will take care of their health and stay active for many years after they retire. But some will become frail and need extra care. Shropshire Fire And Rescue Service works in partnership with agencies to help older people remain comfortable and safe in their homes.


Top 10 Tips

  • Make sure you have working smoke alarms, we recommend at least one per floor
  • Never leave cooking unattended
    Over 50% of house fires start in the kitchen. Perhaps use a timer as a reminder when cooking
  • Use torches rather than candles in a power cut
  • Never overload your sockets
  • Never smoke in bed
  • Keep matches and lighters away from visiting children
  • Never leave your television on stand-by
  • Close your kitchen and lounge door at night
  • Make a fire escape plan. Keep escape routes free from obstructions

For a free Home Safety Check call 01743 260298 and leave your details.


Useful links

Shropshire Council area

To speak to Community Services call 0845 678 9000 and ask for your local team

Telford & Wrekin Council area

To speak to the duty officer call 01952 381 280

Other links

Further information

alison [dot] teece [at] shropshirefire [dot] gov [dot] uk (Alison Teece) - Vulnerable Persons Officer

Telephone: 01743 260 260

delyth [dot] humphreys [at] shropshirefire [dot] gov [dot] uk (Delyth Humphreys) - Vulnerable Persons Officer

Telephone: 01743 260 260